Matt Carle Free Agency: Extension With Flyers Expected To Be Announced July 1, According To Report
Late Monday night, it was reported by Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys that pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Carle is going to sign an extension with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 1, the opening day of free agency.
According to Leed, a finalized deal has yet to be agreed upon but a final agreement is close, which is expected to extend Carle for at least three years and should be in the range of $12.75 million. If that is what the deal ends up being, Carle would have a friendly annual cap-hit of around $4.25 million, which is well below the expected $5-plus million he was expected to earn on the open-market.
Hypothetically, this substantiates Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren's statements during exit interviews where he said the club could get Carle at a home-town discount.
“Could we get him under market value?," Holmgren asked back on May 10. "I think we probably could.”
The reasoning for that is because Carle has enjoyed his time in Philadelphia and wants to make a home in the area. Not to mention, he understands the quality of talent on the team.
Here are his comments via The Hockey Guys:
“There’s no question I want to be here, the past four years have been great and I really feel like Philly has become a second home for my family and me,” Matt Carle said. “The guys on this team are unbelievable and I know this is a team built for winning now and for years to come.”
According to Carle's agent, everyone on the player's side wants to get a deal done.
“It’s our intention to try and work with the Flyers and get something done,” [Kurt] Overhardt said. “We think the club feels the same way.”
According to Holmgren, that's exactly what the Flyers hope to do.
“[We] think he had a good year, he’s a good defenseman, he wants to be here,” Holmgren said. “We want him back I don’t see any reason why we can’t reach a deal; this is something that can get done quickly.”
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